GradNation Summit Tackles Graduation Rates
July 21st, 2015 12:40 PM
(From the Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said everyone should be encouraged by Hamilton County's increasing graduation rate, but work needs to be done by all to boost it even higher.
The GradNation Summit held Monday focused on this topic, as education stakeholders from across the city met to brainstorm ideas to help more students walk across the graduation stage.
"We know what we know about Chattanooga and the way we get things done in this community is through partnerships," Smith told attendees at First Presbyterian Church downtown. The event was hosted by the Hamilton County Department of Education and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga...READ MORE at Chattanooga Times Free Press
Posted by Wayne Collins
July 23 - Lookouts Give Tickets 4 School Supplies
July 17th, 2015 2:42 AM
Lookouts Hold Back-to-School Night to Benefit Stuff the Bus
On Thursday, July 23, a donation of a school supply or two will get you free tickets to the Chattanooga Lookouts' annual Back-to-School Night celebration.
The Lookouts, in turn, will donate the school supplies to United Way's Stuff the Bus Campaign, which stocks the local Teacher Supply Depot for the Hamilton County Council of PTAs.
It's really simple: bring a large package of school supplies - a large package of notebook paper, or a large package of pencils, a large spiral-bound notebook, or even a ring-binder - and you will be given one general admission game ticket good for only that evening (July 23) for each item you donate. So bring 5 large items and get 5 game tickets - it's that easy.
You can see a list of needed school suppplies here.
You can visit the Lookouts web site here.
For more information about this event, call the Lookouts’ office at 267-2208 or call United Way at 752-0322.
Posted by Kelley Nave
Stuff the Bus is Here
July 16th, 2015 10:29 PM
As many as 58.8% of Hamilton County public school students are classified as economically disadvantaged.* That means these students probably lack the supplies they need to go back to school prepared for success. And most public school teachers spend almost $1,000 of their own money annually on school supplies and educational materials.**
So, beginning in July, United Way of Greater Chattanooga invites the community to donate to the sixth annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive to equip Hamilton County public school students for success in school. In 2014, more than $90,000 in supplies were collected and donated to the Hamilton County Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) Teacher Supply Depot. The 2015 goal is to collect an ambitious $100,000 in supplies.
United Way and the Hamilton County PTA's Teacher Supply Depot are asking people to host school supply drives at their businesses, schools, and places of worship, or just donate school supplies at a participating drop-off event or location. Go online at LiveUnitedChattanooga.org to download posters, supply lists and other templates to help organize a drive. If you need assistance with your drive, email email@example.com or call United Way at 423-752-0300.
Supplies can be dropped off at the United Way offices or contact us to make arrangements for pickup, if it is a large donation. Beginning July 23, supplies can also be purchased at the "Tools for Back to School" campaign at all area Publix Markets. Some of the most requested items are copy paper, pencils, glue sticks, construction paper, composition books, and spiral bound notebooks.
Some upcoming Stuff the Bus special events are:
- Thurs., July 23: Back to School Night at the Lookouts, game at 7 p.m. Thanks to the Lookouts' generosity, you can get one free general admission ticket for every donation of school supplies you bring to the ballpark that night.
- Fri. & Sat., July 24 & 25: Stuff the Bus at Chattanooga Brew Company - Drop off donations or buy an appetizer on July 24 or 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $1 will be donated to Stuff the Bus.
- Begins Thurs., July 23: Tools for Back to School at Publix, July 23 to August 12: Publix collects your dollars and sends United Way the school supplies – last year they collected more than $10,000 for the Teacher Supply Depot.
- Sun., Aug. 16: Live United Day at the Chattanooga Market: Join United Way at the Market on August 16 and drop off your donated school supplies. Last year more than $40,000 in supplies were collected in one day.
All school supply donations go to the Hamilton County Council of PTAs' Teacher Supply Depot, a 501c3. Any teacher who is a member of a Hamilton County public school PTA can shop at the Hamilton County PTAs Teacher Supply Depot to receive school supplies at no cost.
Posted by Kelley Nave